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8 Design Books You Should Own

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Think back to when you first learned design. Where did you start? Likely it in some way was connected to a book, whether on your own or in a classroom. And you still need books today. Having a great stack of reference materials on hand as I work is a must.

Need a little inspiration? Grab a book. Looking for a color combo that you have not tried? Grab a book. Need a new way to present some information? Grab a book! Here are eight of my favorite resources – and items that I just could not work without.

October 23rd, 2012 Posted in Inspiration
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15 Great Gadgets and Gifts for Designers: 2012

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It’s that time of year again. The weather is cooling down, everything from candles to coffee smells like pumpkin, and the holidays are right around the corner. Before you know it, you’ll be standing in a shopping mall with absolutely no idea what to purchase for the lovable but oh so nerdy designers on your list. Hint: they don’t want another “fancy” pen set from Staples.

Fear not, my fellow geeks have elected me to inform you of all the things that they’d love to see under the tree this year. Just like last year, I’ve put together a list of fifteen awesome gifts for designers. Take a look and start crossing off some names.

October 22nd, 2012 Posted in Inspiration
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Win $500 of Services From PSD2HTML

It’s time for another amazing giveaway! Today you get the chance to win $300 and $200 worth of services from PSD2HTML, a leading PSD to HTML coding company. Entering is easy, read on to see how you can win!

October 16th, 2012 Posted in Competitions
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The New Arby’s Logo: Better or Boring?

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Everyone’s favorite roast beef sandwich fast food chain (ok, maybe the only roast beef fast food chain anyone can name) just jumped headlong into a brand refresh. Their new logo, menu and website is meant to bring the admittedly old-timey restaurant into the 21st century.

The question of course is, did they succeed? Follow along as we take a look at the logo and website to see what we think.

October 15th, 2012 Posted in Inspiration
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50 Amazing Resources for Dribbble Lovers

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Here at Design Shack, we’re huge Dribbble fans. Sort of a Twitter for design, this awesome site is home to beautiful bite-sized work samples from the web’s best designers.

To showcase our love for Dribbble, we’ve put together a collection of fifty fantastic resources for anyone and everyone who uses Dribbble. From open source developer projects and quirky web projects to desktop and mobile applications, we’ve got enough Dribbble goodness to keep you occupied for months.

October 11th, 2012 Posted in Software
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Check Out Design Shack on Your Mobile Device With Google Currents

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Great news! Design Shack is hitting your tablet and smartphone in a big way with Google Currents, a beautiful and free newsreader app for iOS and Android. With just a quick click or tap, you can get a daily dose of design goodness delivered right to your Google Currents feed. Read on to see how!

October 9th, 2012 Posted in Design Shack
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Win a Google Nexus 7 & A Heart Internet VPS (Worth £540)

We have teamed up with Heart Internet to offer you the chance to win a Virtual Private Server worth £540 ($874) completely free for a year, plus an awesome Google Nexus 7.

All you have to do is spend 5 minutes answering a handful of questions about your thoughts on the web design industry. You will then automatically be entered in to the prize draw.

October 9th, 2012 Posted in Competitions
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Battle of the LESS Mixin Libraries: LESS Elements vs. LESS Hat vs. Bootstrap

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LESS is a friendly, easily-approachable CSS preprocessor. Though ultimately, Sass and Stylus are more powerful and robust, LESS has a certain charm that keeps it as a forerunner in the battle of the preprocessors.

If you’re a Sass fan, then you can take advantage of Compass, an incredible framework that makes coding with complex CSS3 properties a breeze. But what about LESS users? Where’s their Compass? Today we’ll look at three awesome mixin libraries that will help fill that void.

October 8th, 2012 Posted in CSS
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How to Use Adobe Edge Web Fonts on Your Site

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Adobe recently launched a free web font service to complement Typekit, their amazing premium service. Adobe Edge Web Fonts currently gives you around 500 free font families that you can use on your site today with little effort. How great is that?

The process for implementing these fonts isn’t quite as straightforward as some of the other services that you might be used to, so today we’re going to dive in and take a look at how it all works.

October 4th, 2012 Posted in CSS
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50 Shades of Black: Effective Use of No Color

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There has been a bit of debate stirring on the web about black. Ian Storm Taylor’s “Never Use Black” has been shared and tweeted and read by designers all over the world.

You can debate whether you should use black or not all day long. But the reality is that you will use black. Every designer does – by choosing or not. So it’s best to understand the color and how to use it properly in a variety of design projects.

October 3rd, 2012 Posted in Articles
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